Sunday, July 7, 2013

Project Life: Week 27 and some extras!

Hi everyone :)

This week marks the beginning of my second album for the year and of course I wanted a ‘title’ page for it.  I’m a big believer in having ‘an attitude of gratitude’ and I thought it might be a nice way to start my album so here’s my first page:Start of album 2_1

I have so many things that I’m grateful for but in all honesty the things I’d miss most in my life and the people who are close to me… my girls, my parents, my sisters, my friends and of course Toby (who thinks he is a ‘people’!)

It’s been a great week here and it was super easy to put together this weeks layout because I had so many photos to use:Full_1

Almost every day this week I’ve been working on my ‘secret’ project and I can now reveal that I have been making art journals!  I’ve had so much fun choosing fabrics and coordinating ribbons, doing all the sewing and actually using my iron!  I’ll share the actual art journals with you in this post as well :)

We’ve had a busy week at school and the kids were keen to share their math skills with Matua Aaron playing NIM… the kids haven’t actually worked out the foolproof strategy yet but they do have fun trying to work it out!

Here’s a close up of the beginning of the week:Left_1 

Our school kapahaka group were invited to perform down at the Rotorua library and all the kids in the group were keen to take part.  I managed to get a photo of my boys with their faces done but didn’t get one of them in their outfits.  Evelyn came to get her photo done and I actually managed to talk her into doing a pukana for me… her mother was very grateful and has asked for some photos :)

Toby on the other hand, did not have a good start to the week.  I’d just bought myself some new ‘home socks’ and wore the just once… the following night he greeted me with one of my socks in his mouth and half the soul missing… he really couldn’t figure out why I was not thrilled with his behaviour!

We also had an Australian band visit for a performance and the kids loved hearing all the movie tunes they played!

This week also marked the class ‘final’ for our cook off… and it was super serious!  There were four kids along with Matua Aaron in the final and they were all determined to win.  The good news is that we had HEAPS of pikelets to share!


Te Kaka won our class final and is now in the BIG final on Thursday next week.  We’ve organised for two tutors from the Chef training division of the polytech to come and be our guest judges and the kids are going to be making and decorating cupcakes… it’s a pretty big deal really!

Toby got himself into even more trouble on Thursday be borrowing/stealing an egg tray (luckily it had no eggs in it!) but he did manage to tear it up into really little pieces which he proceeded to put into his bed… boys will be boys I guess!

We had a hockey game for sports on Thursday afternoon and Matua Aaron was not against using his height to help him score goals when playing with the kids.  It was his last week and he’s done a great job!

Mr Pope (my former Principal) has been coming to school one afternoon a week and doing art classes with selected children and two of mine got into the art group.  They were pretty stoked when their painting were shown at the school assembly on Friday!


On Thursday night I got the last of the art journals sewn and then on Friday I went over to Mum’s and we had a button making and sewing session.  Thanks for all your help Mum!

On Saturday, Mum and I headed up to Auckland for a look at the SENZ expo and came away with a few goodies (as well as catching up with some new and old friends)… I’m looking forward to getting a chance to ‘play’ with some of my new purchases when I do my next art journal pages!

And now for the art journals themselves.  I’ve had a really good reaction from everyone who’s seen them and here they all are… 12 in total!

first 12 art journals copy_1

I’ve put them all up for sale on Trade Me so if you’d like to get one for yourself here’s the link to the AUCTIONS

So that’s been my week… now it’s time to go and get some more school reports done!

Have a good week everyone xx


  1. OMG what a week. Off to have a nosy at your art journals - go you :)

  2. Great title page and the covers are your art journals are themselves works of art.


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